A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Saturday 26 May 2012

Common Crane

The Common Crane once gathered in flocks on the Severn flood plains but was hunted to extinction in the 17th century.
Slimbridge WWT has a breeding programme and has released Cranes on the Somerset  Levels.
We were lucky enough to see these three which had flown up from Somerset feeding by the river at Slimbridge. The left hand photo is a captive bird at Slimbridge without the leg rings and radio transmitters which we saw on the released birds.

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